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Boston Beer Co. declares top hop crop.

Jim Koch, brewmaster and president of Boston Beer Co., recently returned from Bavaria with a million dollars worth of Hallertau and Tettnang hops, calling it the best crop he's seen "in decades."

"The quality and quantity of the crop was better than it had been in a decade," Koch reported. "Wine growers often have to wait months or years to find out how good a particular year's grapes are. With hops, the proof of the pudding is evident at the harvest.

"This great crop is terrific news for us," Koch continued. "There has been an increased demand for our beers and, with the addition of our new seasonal beers, we were down to the wire with our 1990 hop supply. In fact, we had to have an initial shipment of the 1991 hop crop air freighted to our brewery in Boston to assure that we will be able to continue brewing our beers.

"We are working with area hop farmers and dealers to preserve the cultivation of this classic hops," Koch said, referring to the limited acreage of Hallertau Mittelfrueh hops. "There are still a few traditional farmers who want to grow the same hops their farm produced for more than a century.

"There was a time when no self-respecting Bavarian brewer would use anything but Hallertau Mittelfrueh hops," Koch said. "Now even the German brewers think I'm nuts to go to such extremes to preserve these wonderful hops."
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Title Annotation:Hallertau and Tettnang hop harvests for seasonal beer
Publication:Modern Brewery Age
Date:Feb 10, 1992
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